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Swedes top Czech Republic

Swedes top Czech Republic

Late rally gives Sweden fifth place over Czechs

Published 03.04.2016 21:21 GMT-7 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Swedes top Czech Republic
KAMLOOPS, BC - APRIL 3: Sweden's Anna Borgqvist #18 plays the puck while fending off Czech Republic's Anna Zikova #27 during placement round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
With three goals in a span of 2:05, Sweden came back from a 2-0 third-period deficit to beat the Czechs 4-2 in the fifth-place game.

Lisa Johansson’s goal with 7:36 left stood up as the winner.

There were some panicky moments in the dying stages at McArthur Island Centre. Swedish forward Hanna Olsson was penalized for closing her hand on the puck with just over two minutes left. The Czechs pulled goalie Klara Peslarova in a bid for the equalizer.

However, Anna Borqvist added an empty-netter to round out the scoring. The Swedes outshot the Czechs 22-20.

Czech captain Alena Polenska staked her team to the early lead with two first-period goals.

Despite this loss, the Czechs made big strides in Kamloops. Finishing sixth is better than most pundits projected for the newly promoted squad. It’ll be exciting for Czech fans to see if they can do even better at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Swedes have now come fifth at five out of seven Women’s Worlds since 2008. Sweden, the only nation to play in an Olympic women's final besides Canada and the U.S. (2006), has not medaled since 2007 (bronze), and will continue to look for solutions.


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